Do you ever wonder if your writing is “good enough”?
Do you want to do this writing thing right and know you need an editor, but worry it won’t be worth the investment? And are you worried if you do hire an editor, they won’t get your work, or they’ll sterilize your voice?
You’re not alone. Almost all writers face these fears.
But when editing is done right, it makes the author’s voice shine. It sees into the heart of the writer and coaxes their story into brilliance. It’s an art. This is the type of editing we specialize in.
We’re a team of editors who help authors unearth the treasure in their manuscripts. Our ship is captained by founder and Executive Editor Leslie Watts. Our crew includes passionate and skilled editors, a web-savvy pirate, and two sea-hardy cats, Lady Gwendolyn and Captain Grimm. Between us we have a treasure trove of editing experience, almost 70,000 podcast listens, and a shared affinity for sailing lingo. Ahoy!
Through our podcast and blog, we help fiction writers master self-editing skills, and we offer editing services to turn good stories into great ones that are well told and polished.
Our adventures are fueled by a passion to make authors proud of their writing and the legacy they’re building.
Leslie Watts, Executive Editor
I’m Writership’s founder and Executive Editor. I co-host the Writership Podcast with Clark and share self-editing insights on the Captain’s Blog. Since starting my career as an attorney and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Criminal Law, I’ve gone on to edit hundreds of stories, including those of New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors, and books featured on Fox, ABC, NBC, Business Insider, and Audible’s Highest Rated Audiobooks of 2016.
I love helping people tell their stories and editing fiction to bring forth the author’s voice. I also find fulfilment in teaching writers to self-edit, which I do through Writership and guest appearances on shows including the Self-Publishing Podcast, the Authority Self-Publishing Podcast, and the Book Editor Show.
Through all this, I’ve continued my personal writing practice and have met with my writing partner on Sunday nights at six o’clock for over thirteen years. I’m currently working on a magic punk novel and a nonfiction book exploring how writers can use the problems they encounter as fuel to finish their projects.
I live in Austin, Texas with my patient husband, two rambunctious kids, and two cats named Lady Gwendolyn and Captain Grimm.
Clark Chamberlain, Podcast Co-Host
I co-host the Writership Podcast and the Book Editor Show and am the editor-in-chief (story engineer) at Sterling and Stone. I’ve lived on two continents, fought in the Iraq war, built homes in the shadows of the Tetons, edited a thriller between live artillery fire missions, and tore my lunch cooler from the mouth of a bear.
My passions have taken me around the world and back again. Along the way I discovered my purpose in the power of story. My story expertise in fiction comes through in my books, my teaching, and my superb developmental editing, but I also work in nonfiction to help people break free of the negative stories holding them back.
I’m the author of four books (including the middle-grade series Hank Hudson), illustrator of three, and am a professional educator on story. I currently live in Idaho with my two sons.
Holly Walrath, Contract Editor
I’m a contract editor with Writership, offering developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. I helped launch Writefest literary festival and have presented at The Child and The Book Conference, Houston SCBWI, and Comicpalooza. I have an M.L.A. in Creative Writing and have studied children’s and science fiction literature.
I’m also a poet and fiction author with a dark/speculative bent. I was nominated for a Rhysling award (2016), and my works have appeared in The Fem, Literary Orphans, Litro, The Vestal Review, Kaleidotrope, Abyss & Apex, and Liminality, among other places.
I live in Seabrook, Texas, where I can be found canoeing at the local bayou with my husband and the gators, or chilling at home with my two kitties, Cleo and Panda.
Megan Hannum, Contract Editor
As a contract editor with Writership, I focus on editing for fiction writers. I’ve been told I have a “supernatural ability to see what’s missing” in a story, which I attribute to years of editing experience, my near-constant reading habit, and a lifetime of writing. Editing is how I pass on what I've learned through studying every book I've ever read. I love seeing my fellow writers grow and achieve their potential.
My current work-in-progress is a horror story with strong thematic elements. I live in Oregon with my husband and our two pups, a Yorkie named Boo and a Westie named Betty White.
LIZ GREEN, Web Savvy Pirate
As Writership’s web savvy pirate, I mostly lurk below decks keeping us shipshape, but you’ll chat with me if there are any technical issues I can help you with.
A Post Graduate Degree in Journalism and a decade of working in news, PR, and marketing taught me the power of communication. I now work with Writership to help others harness that power through their stories.
I also ghostwrite books for entrepreneurs with an idea to share and am working on my own contemporary adult suspense novel. I live in a small ski town in British Columbia, Canada with my husband, our son, and our dog and cat, Stogie and Scotch.
Lady Gwendolyn & Captain GrimM, Morale Managers
We share an office with our mom, Leslie, and bring smiles to Writership’s clients through stealth appearances in the background of Skype calls. We like playing fetch (though it’s hard to bring the ball back) and walking over mom’s keyboard as she types. We live in Austin, Texas with our parents and human-sized siblings.